The Apprenticeship Reform Programme will contribute to the Government’s industrial strategy and its drive for greater social justice.
- By creating more apprenticeships, they are increasing the number of opportunities to help individuals climb the ladder of opportunity by gaining job specific skills that support sustained labour market participation and so stop the cycle of short term jobs and short term unemployment (for young people in particular).
- They aim to improve their understanding of how apprenticeships already contribute to social mobility and find ways in which they could go further. They are developing a strategy to improve equality of access, in particular to increase the number of apprentices from disadvantaged and just managing households, from black and ethnic minority groups, and from those with learning difficulties and disabilities who are starting, completing and progressing in apprenticeships. All the recommendations from the Maynard Taskforcehave been accepted and will be incorporated into work-streams to support inclusion of individuals with learning disabilities.
- This strategy will also look for opportunities in the Department for Work and Pensions’ work on the youth obligation and identify obstacles to participation for particular types of people.
- Developing skills is one of ten key pillars in the government’s proposed industrial strategy, as set out in the Green Paper published in January and currently open to consultation. Their Programme is a key supporting component of this theme, alongside Technical Education and Higher Education.
- Apprenticeships already offer employers an excellent opportunity to develop the right skills at the required levels in their business. Through the development of apprenticeship standards, employers are able to ensure the range and scope of apprenticeships meets their needs. Their Programme intends to increase the relevance and quality of apprenticeship training thereby raising the skills levels of individual workers, and should contribute to increased national productivity and reduced reliance on overseas skilled workers as employers choose to ‘grow their own’ talent.
- They are engaging closely with Industrial Strategy to consider the most effective and appropriate approaches to understand and tackle identified skills needs, using data on skills, the labour market and migration to understand how they are meeting skills deficits and to intelligently inform policy making.